instanter (not comparable)

  1. immediately; instantly; without delay.
    • 1932, Delos W. Lovelace, King Kong, published 1965, page 8:
      "They're another reason why I've got to get my girl and start instanter.
    • 1979, Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, Random House, p.9:
      They lifted him onto the deck where he lay in his wet seersucker suit and his lemoncolored socks, leering walleyed up at the workers with the hook in his face like some gross water homunculus taken in trolling that the light of God's day had stricken dead instanter.
    • 2004, David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas:
      I cleared my throat & bade all good morning, at which our amicable captain swore, 'You can better my morning, by b—ing off, instanter!'

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īnstanter (comparative īnstantius, superlative īnstantissimē)

  1. urgently, insistently
  2. vehemently, violently

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  • instanter”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • instanter”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • instanter in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette